Not sure I agree with your pessimism here Aronchis. The Cards' bullpen isn't a whole lot better than the Reds, and the Cards' pitching isn't all that and a bag of chips. Their phenomenal offense and a good bullpen carried a lot of those guys to good years last year (Suppan and Marquis don't really strike fear in my heart). Carpenter is legit, of course, but, and this is the realization that many pessimistic Reds fans will need to understand...so is Harang.Originally Posted by Aronchis
Given the fall-off to the Cardinals offense (really, after Edmonds last night, there was a whole succession of easy outs---heck, even counting Edmonds, there was a whole succession of easy outs---he off the juice, finally?), I wouldn't be so quick to sing their praises.
Now, I am NOT saying it's the Reds who will jump up to replace the Cards (I predicted the Brewers would to start the season), but I am still pretty certain that St. Louis is not what they were.
AND, it's just plain stupid to try and be snarky and say Reds were lucky to win because they had their best pitcher on the mound and just barely won when the Cards were in the exact same position with the reigning Cy Young winner and lost.
No need to minimize last night's achievement, that was a helluva win, and a very heartening sign for those of us still holding out hope for a .500 or so season (or even better).